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Polic e g ive advic e over su m m er b reak -ins A suspect has been arrested for a string of breakins in Alicante city prompting the National Police to issue advice on how to keep premises safe. A spokesman for the force said the 21-year-old man has been charged with seven burglaries. These took place at restaurants around the city over a three-week period. The offender would either break a window or force the lock on a door to gain entry. Once inside he stole the contents of the till and any other objects of value he could find. The spokesman noted

that the suspect had a police record for similar offences despite his young age. He advised people to lock windows and doors of their homes and premises, even during the summer when they go out. Inside a property he said that owners should keep their most valuable objects in a safe and take photos of them in case they are stolen. If they go away they should ask a neighbour to collect their mail so it doesn’t build up. People are also advised not to give information on

social networks about their travel plans. “Anything that you can do to make your property look inhabited when you go away is useful – don’t close all the blinds and install a light on a timer,” he said. He added that if a homeowner sees that their property has been broken into then they should call the police immediately ‘and not enter and touch things as it may destroy evidence inside’. Also people should always ask any tradesmen calling unannounced at their home for identification and confirm it with the company.

First baby flamingo for Mundomar This year the animal park Mundomar in Benidorm celebrates 25 years and they are now also celebrating the birth of the first baby flamingo in the park's history.

Flamingos are not born pink but white. The pink colour which will be more apparent once they reach adulthood is due to their diet consisting of mainly crustaceans .





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Sell out opening night By Irena Bodnarec Last Saturday night the neon lights were ablaze and the doors flung wide open to welcome visitors back to Benidorm Palace for the premier of their new show – TERRA. After a long hiatus they are certainly back and all tickets were sold out for the first performance. Without fail, they somehow manage to achieve the unachievable every year, improving on what appears to already be a spectacular show. It has a totally modern fresh approach, even managing to incorporate a football themed dance routine into the show! The wonderful troupe of dancers, with their spectacular costume changes and constant reinvention of dance styles is breathtaking and the massive illuminated screens provide a magnificent backdrop throughout the evening.


David Climent is back with his incredible illusions along with a host of new and equally impressive acts. Currently only open on Saturday nights so booking highly advised to avoid disappointment. The jewel is firmly back in its crown.

Resident-only traffic in Ondara central streets Streets in Ondara town centre will be shut to traffic permanently except for residents, who will be given remote controls to sink the bollards at either end. Local dwellers have been urging the council for some time to create priority park-




ing for them and to reduce traffic noise and air pollution in their narrow streets. Cars will still be able to use the Calle Roser and Calle Escorxador during working hours – established as from 09.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 20.00 Monday to

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vehicles, have been noted so they can be equipped with a handset to let them in. The bollards automatically go down when emergency vehicles reach them, through a sensor attached. Also, five new residentonly parking spaces have

been created thanks to a restructure in the Placeta de les Escolas. At least four streets in the town centre are now shut to non-resident traffic outside office hours, including the Calle Església and Calle Verge dels Desemparats.

Update on the vaccine rollout The regional health department is set to administer 451,816 jabs to protect people against Covid-19 this week – down by 48,000 on last week’s record effort.

They have received an increased number of shots from AstraZeneca ‘which will be used principally’ for second jabs for people over the age of 60.

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Flybe saved as government steps in Understandably Flybe’s management team were much happier tweeting “We are delighted with the support received from the Government and the positive

Guardia swoop on clothing ‘pirates’ Guardia Civil seized a huge haul of counterfeit clothing and made six arrests at a market in Guardamar del Segura. A force spokesman reported on Tuesday that the


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Pedreguer man sectioned for multiple assault A young man who staged a savage multiple attack on four total strangers in Pedreguer has been committed to a psychiatric unit exactly two years after a crime he says he has ‘no memory of’. Now aged 25, the unnamed youth sent shockwaves through the sleepy Marina Alta village on June 30, 2019 after he turned on Fernando, 82, who was out walking. The accused started beat-

ing him with an iron rod, not even stopping when the pensioner fell to the ground. He only survived because Rosario, 56, began shouting to his assailant from her terrace – and she became the next victim, as the defendant abandoned Fernando and started kicking her door down. Antonio, 61, arrived home at that moment and was brutally beaten as he tried to defend his wife. Rosario needed several

operations at Valencia’s La Fe Hospital to repair her broken nose and eye sockets. The couple’s daughter was hiding indoors and called the police. Four officers arrived in the nick of time, averting a tragedy, but were unable to hold the youth down between them and were forced to shoot three times at his legs. By then, one policeman had sustained head injuries

after being thrashed with a fire-poker. Once in custody, the youth said he had no memory of the incident and only recalled hearing voices in his head earlier that morning ‘reproaching him for doing things he had not done’. He said he had been diagnosed with and medicated for paranoid schizophrenia back in his native Algeria, but had not been in treatment since arriving in Spain, and was ordering pills

from an unverified source online. Court psychiatrists confirmed his condition and that the attacks had taken place during a psychotic outbreak, leading to a verdict of diminished responsibility and all charges dropped. But he has been sectioned, as he is still considered to be a public danger. His civil liability remains though, and he has been ordered to pay €190,400 split between his four victims.

Boy rescued from Benissa villa pool

Health workers trained to help with gender violence

A toddler who fell into the pool at a Benissa villa was rescued in the nick of time and is expected to make a full recovery. In what could have become another tragedy in Marina Alta waters this summer, the little boy, two, was found within seconds and hauled out quickly – enough that he had only spent a minute or two at the most underwater. Emergency services re-

Health workers in the Orihuela catchment area are being taught how to detect and act in cases of gender violence. Vega Baja hospital social work unit gave several workshops last week, principally to doctors and nurses in the emergency, gynaecology and birthing room departments. Social worker Saray Revuelta-San Juan and clinical psychologist María Rubio, both from the Torrevieja 24-hour Centro Mujer (women’s centre) in Torrevieja, explained health workers’ responsibility to protect victims. They detailed basic signs that might alert professionals to a case of male sexist violence, and the cycle of violence to understand why victims sometimes retract accusations. They emphasised that victims must know the resources available to them

ceived a summons at 09.15 last Wednesday and dispatched an ambulance. By the time paramedics reached the scene, the tot was conscious, so they did not need to perform CPR, but they practised emergency first aid as the baby was showing early signs of drowning. He was rushed to Denia hospital, but is thought to be out of danger.

High flying souvenirs Authentic artisan goods made by local craftspeople are now available form a stand in Murcia international airport. Located in the commercial area, it offers items such as handbags, necklaces, costume jewellery, creative ceramics, hand-painted natural silk scarves and esparto grass utensils. Murcia region has 733 officially registered artisans and three craft centres (located in the capital, Cartagena and Lorca) where they can sell

their wares, as well as online at During the first half of this year, these centres recorded €76,073 in sales, with more than half at the Cartagena branch, which is popular with cruise liner passengers. At the inauguration last week, regional councillor for business Valle Miguélez said: “It is necessary to connect tourism with craftwork, so that people who visit us can acquire presents and mementos.”

and feel safe once the protocol for such cases is activated. “They have to understand that there are professionals who will take care of the whole process and they will not be alone for a moment,” said Saray Revuelta-San Juan. The regional network of women’s centres is a free public resource set up to pro-

cure comprehensive attention for women who have been subjected to physical or mental abuse, and sexual assaults, abuse or harassment. The Torrevieja centre covers the whole Vega Baja area and is located at Avenida de Habaneras 20, opening every day of the year from 08.00-22.00. The free telephone helpline number is 900 580 888.

Vandals wreck beach Red Cross hut A Red Cross station on a Denia beach was vandalised at the end of June and the council has condemned the incident on social media. The lifeguard and first aid hut on the Punta del Raset beach, near what used to be the tented restaurants, had its lock smashed in

when workers went to open up on Monday morning. Part of a window frame had also been wrenched out of its socket. An appeal has been launched by the local council on Twitter and Facebook for help in tracing the culprits. “The pandemic has changed us. Or has it?” a

post on the town hall Facebook page reads. “This is how someone has left the Red Cross station on the Punta del Raset beach early this morning. “Don’t hesitate to call the local police if you witness malicious damage incidents like this one.”





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Gardeners with disabilities A municipal company that was set up to help people with disabilities find employment has had its contract renewed to maintain public gardens and plants in the rural districts of Orihuela, and a few neighbourhoods of the city. The company, Ildo will receive almost €35,000 (excluding VAT) to maintain 245,657 square metres of green areas for the next 12 months, explained councillor for infrastructures Ángel Noguera. For this it will employ 15 workers and three technicians to irrigate, prune, clean, inspect, conserve and improve

ILDO will also ‘integrate people with functional diversity socially and into the labour market’.

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‘Whale-way’ traffic shocks sunseekers By Samantha Kett

these spaces. Sr Noguera said the renewal means that as well as maintaining these spaces,


Bathers on the Punta dels Molins beach were stunned to see two enormous fin whales pass them in clear view as they caught the rays. Those who witnessed the giant mammals’ passage along through the waters close to El Verger say the creatures were about 15 metres long. Sailing and watersports company Windsurfing Denia

filmed the whales against a backdrop of the Montgó and Segària mountains, with Denia town at a distance on the horizon. Fin whales typically migrate south from the Ligurian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Their presence off Spain’s east coast is fairly common – to such an extent that the Cabo de San Antonio on the Denia-Jávea border has been dubbed ‘the Whale-Way’ by marine biologists.

Cops chase couple

A phone line for residents to arrange collection of domestic items they are throwing away has been set up by Cartagena city hall. The service has been set up due to an increase in this sort of waste being left in the streets in order to minimise the nuisance to residents and improve safety for pedestrians. Callers must arrange a collection time and leave belongings by the container closest to their home and the waste management company will take charge of them. The telephone number is 96 852 20 50 and is available 24 hours a day.

Alfaz film festival goes ahead

A couple have been arrested after a high speed chase by Elche local police on June 24. Officers at a regular haunt for drug dealers ordered the couple’s car to halt but the driver signalled to them he was not going to stop and sped off towards the city centre, ‘with clear disregard for road safety and going the wrong way down streets’. After they had clearly endangered other people several times, a police vehicle

managed to pull alongside them on Avenida de La Libertad, but the fugitives rammed it and both cars crashed. The female suspect, who had been the passenger, fled on foot but was caught within a few metres, while the driver also tried to escape but was intercepted by officers and fiercely resisted arrest. A 28-year-old woman and a man aged 30 were detained, and the man turned out to have three warrants out for his arrest.

Villajoyosa presents its s a fe b e a c h e s o p e ra tio n

By Irena Bodnarec The 33rd Alfaz film festival is in full swing having been officially launched on Saturday night at the Casa de Cultura, with a red carpet gala to welcome the stars from film and television. Tributes and awards were presented to actor Carlos Santos, actress Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and the first Silver Lighthouse was awarded to Gerardo Sánchez, director of Dias de Cine, the oldest film programme on television, running for 30 years. Film screening will be taking place at 18.00, 20.00 and 22.00 each evening this week, until Saturday (July 10) at the Casa de Cultura and Cine Roma in Alfaz and this year also at the Villa Romana open air museum in Albir at 22.30 each evening, to cel-

By Shelley Liddell ebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum. They will be screening a combination of short films, full length films, original version language and documentaries. Mayor Vicente Arques reiterated the importance of the film festival, which attracts many visitors to the town and also took the opportunity to extend his thanks and appreciation for the support given by the Alicante provincial government including a grant of €35,000 to enable this important cultural event to be hosted in Alfaz del Pi.

Villajoyosa council initiated its special ‘safe beaches’ operation at the beginning of the week. This plan also includes the collaboration of the Guardia Civil, civil protection, the DYA lifeguard service and the regional government’s ‘safe beaches’ (Platges Segures) auxiliary staff, who will ensure the safety of the municipality’s 13 beaches and coves this summer. The plan will see local police carrying out aerial surveillance with drones, monitoring the capacity of the beaches; the mounted police unit will also be monitoring beaches and providing information to residents and visitors, while canine and motorbike units will be patrolling the vi-

cinity of the beaches. In order to coordinate the special safe beaches plan more efficiently, the different security units and lifeguard teams will be based at the beach coordination point located at the frontline property, in the middle of the town’s central beach, known as ‘La Senyoreta de l'Hort’.





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Protecting the Palmeral A two-year contract for the maintenance, conservation and protection against pests of the Palmeral palm tree plantation in Orihuela has been awarded by the town hall for €674,313 (including VAT). Half of the cost is being subsidised by the EU FEDER fund as part of the strategy for sustainable urban growth (EDUSI), explained councillor for the environment Dámaso Aparicio. Use of traditional pesticide sprays on 4,500 palms will be complemented by biological treatments for another 4,500 located in schools or by water sources, trunk injections for

150 particular trees, and 10 traps to catch red weevils. Instead of throwing away cuttings when the trees are pruned, they will be shredded to make compost that will reused in the Palmeral itself. The contract establishes that 4,500 palms need to be pruned each year, and dates will have to be removed from 1,300 to prevent the risk of people slipping on ones that have fallen. Dates will be collected and packaged for human consumption on selected trees which are not subjected to chemical treatments, and the 200 olive trees in the Pal-

meral will be harvested to make oil for the town hall. The concessionary com-

pany has also offered to help reach the council’s objective of adding 3,000 more palms

in the next 10 years, amongst other aspects of the new contract.

Denia sets up wild boar trap cages Traps will be set up in Denia to capture wild boar before their population soars and causes accidents. They usually live in the mountains, but when water or vegetation for food are scarce, they head down towards sealevel.

As well as destroying farm crops and residential gardens, they can be aggressive when approached and also stray onto roads, potentially causing serious crashes and human injury, or death. Environment councillor Maite Pérez Conejero, who is

also parish leader in La Xara, revealed traps would be laid out in July and August, but has not clarified what type they will be or what will happen to the animals who end up in them. Strict laws are in place banning traps which are inhumane, and Denia council has been

given permission by the regional government to set them up, so they are likely to be selfclosing cages. In La Safor (Valencia province), wild boar caught in these cages will now be sedated, sterilised and released into remote mountain areas with

plenty of plants for them to feed off. Sra Pérez Conejero says seagulls are also breeding out of control and have started attacking pigeons in the town centre, so her department has been cracking over 200 of their eggs to reduce the population.

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Game on at Jalón Valley Help Finally, a chance to test our brains and memories at Jalón Valley Help’s first games night after the extensive lockdown and socialising restrictions. . So, 16 teams turned up last Friday, July 2, at Restaurant Pepe, in Alcalalí, to test themselves in a quiz, with rounds all loosely based on TV game shows including Family Fortunes, Rhyme Time ( from Richard Osman's House of Games), Countdown, Eggheads, and Only Connect. There were also a couple of table top rounds, which everyone had to complete

whilst they were waiting for dinner to be served, which were based on ‘Have I Got News for You’ and ‘Impossible’. At the end of a hard fought contest the winners were ‘The M4 Connection’, consisting of Derek Woolley, Barbara Connolly, Peter and Sally Ellis. The evening had raised €472 for Jalón Valley Help. Elaine Horton president thanked the JVH team who had organised the event and gave special thanks to Karena and the staff at Pepe's, for the excellent food and service they had pro-

vided once again. Elaine took the opportunity also to thank the volunteers of JVH who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to keep the charity going, including coming up with new ideas to raise money - such as the Friends of JVH Scheme, for people to make regular donations, and - the Change for the Better Tin Scheme, to allow people to collect their odd change for the charity. As she said, every little helps at this time in order to support JVH’s help those in need in our community. The next games night is



Winning team, The M4 Connection planned for September, but before then there is the Night Market, in Jalón on July 25 and a JVH bring-your-own picnic at Los Arcos on August 26, with entertainment by The Entertainers, who are promising another new pro-

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Local artist exibits works Elian's school pupil tops at Calpe book shop English language teaching level - at age 13!

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A purrr-fect end for all Recently a tiny kitten found its way into The Original Charity Shop in Jávea’s Arenal…and refused to leave. A call to Claire of Catland and Liz of Jávea Feral Cat Association brought in the res-

cue team. A cage with food and water was set up overnight and the kitten was happily sitting inside the next morning! As a thank you for this rescue operation The Original

Charity Shop decided to donate €1,000 which will go to The Jávea Feral Cat Association for their neutering programme. The Original Charity Shop is situated on Carrer de

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Giving4giving donate to worthy causes in June Gary Burr, founder of charity Giving4giving once again made donations during the month of June.

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The first was to Cáritas in Finestrat for €1,000 to spend on food and basic supplies for the less fortunate. The second donation again for €1,000 was for the heart ride project organised by Corazón Exprés and Danny from Saritas Vikki on behalf of the Samaritans with Gary restaurant in Albir and helps elderly lonely people to connect with others. The third donation once more for €1,000 was to Samaritans Spain accepted by Vikki Caton who organised the event on their behalf. The G4G charity have now donated €198,000 to local charities and look forward to July when they can pass the 200,000 mark. G4G desperately needs volunteers in their shops in order to be able to continue the good work so please call Gary donates to Cáritas in Finestrat Gary on 603 137 697.


Win tickets to see Queen Forever The Weekly Post is giving away a pair of tickets for the ‘Forever Bohemian Rhapsody’ concert at the Parque Canyar de les Portelles in Muchamiel (Mutxamel). It forms part of the Nits al Parc events in the outdoor venue in the town. The Queen Forever tribute band is described as the ‘best Queen tribute act’. The concert starts at 22.00 on Friday, July 9 and doors open at 20.00. More information and ticket sales at http:// Anyone interested in entering the draw should send an email with their name, stating ‘Queen competition’ to editor The email should arrive before 10.00 on Thursday morning and the draw will take place at midday on Thursday. The winner will be contacted by email. People are advised that they will have to wear a face mask at all times at the event. They will have to show photo ID when they arrive at the venue.

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Are you ready to panto? Rojales Pantomime Group are definitely ready after not being able to perform for the last two seasons due to Covid-19 they are now in the process of arranging rehearsals for their very funny performance of Treasure Island early next year. Even though the group has kept in touch through various social events, when allowed, some of their members are sadly not able to continue their membership due to various reasons. Therefore, WE NEED YOU, oh yes we do... we are looking for all different types of new members - actors, singers, stage hands, in fact,

anyone who would like to have some fun and join our very entertaining pantomime group. This is a great way to get out and about again and meet new people so, don’t be shy we are all amateurs looking to entertain the general public again after the long awful lockdown. We are arranging a recruitment event at a local venue at the end of July and will publish further details so you can come along and meet our members. In the meantime, if you need more information about us or to join us please contact Doug McClone by email on


Celebrating at Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy Father Marcus anniversary A total of some 45 attending the Church at La Fustera to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our senior Chaplain Fr Marcus’s ordination. This was also the Feast of St Peter and Paul. What a beautiful Eucharist service! The first reading by Gemma, a warden at La Fustera, the sermon was given by Fr Jim, intercessions by Martin Bentley, one of our

chaplaincy wardens. After communion Fr Rodney gave Fr Marcus an 'anniversary blessing.' The service concluded with Fr Marcus passing on the delights of being a priest and the sad times that are part of the job. The hymns, although sung with masks on, raised the roof! We also heard the announcement from Bishop Robert that Fr. Marcus is ap-

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Vall del Pop U3A – ‘Why Not’ Luncheon With the continued improvement in our ability to socialise and with no General Assembly this month our President, Bob Welham, suggested a get-together for lunch at Los Amigos in Alcalalí last Thursday, July 1 to which many members replied, with the quintessential English negative sounding phrase with a positive meaning – “Why Not”. So,15 member gathered at the appointed time to enjoy an excellent lunch, with lots and lots of choice for every course with a wide range of different dishes selected, all of which were judged as excellent. It was good to be able to go out for nothing more stressing than going for lunch with friends in these more relaxed social rules as we all hopefully finally get clear of major Covid worries. It was very pleasant relaxing with a welcoming cool drink whilst catching up on news and plans. After a lei-

surely couple of hours we all headed home replete and happy at this ongoing relaxation of restrictions. We are all now looking forward to getting back to monthly meetings from September and a reconvening of those groups who have been unable to operate over the last twelve months. Please watch the newspapers and the website for news of the after-summer re-opening, but now U3A is out for the summer! For further information on events and information about our association, U3A Vall del Pop, check our website


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U3A Marina Baixa - Hand of friendship During the past 16 months we have all been affected by the restrictions imposed due to Covid-19. Many of us have been unable to spend time with our families in the UK, and our friends here in Spain have become even more important than ever. U3A Marina Baixa can provide opportunities for making new friends, taking up new hobbies or joining trips to learn more about our adopted country. The association currently has about 200 members with general meetings held on the fourth Monday of every month, with the exception of August and December, at the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz del Pi. No transport? No problem. The number 10 bus stops right outside. Membership is just €10 a year and anyone may join providing they are no

longer in full time employment. At our meeting on Monday, June 28 we had 11 new members join and after the meeting 28 enjoyed a meal at the Yang Hu Asian Restaurant in La Nucía. To give you some idea of what you can expect from your membership here are some of the forthcoming events which may be of interest to you. July 9 – Wine and Dine at Xorta Restaurant, Guadalest July 30 – A trip to Valencia to visit the Klimt Immersive Multimedia Experience September 3 – A second trip to Valencia for the Fallas November – 4 nights in Barcelona December 23-27 – Christmas in Peñíscola March 21-26, 2022 – Five nights in Extremdadura

In addition to the above we have weekly or monthly groups offering crafts, watercolour, computing and technology, classical music, Spanish culture, Spanish language and member assistance to mention just a few. There really is something for everyone but most importantly they give you the opportunity to make new friends and get you out of the house after such a long time adhering to lockdowns. If you want to find out more about U3A Marina Baixa why not visit our website www.u3amarinabaixa. com where you can find our latest newsletter, or go to our Facebook page. Our next meeting will be on Monday, July 26 beginning at 11.00 when you will be made very welcome.

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Jávea U3A’s virtual visit to Valencia Jávea U3A member Peter ists. Atkinson entertained fellow Famous throughout Eumembers with a presenta- rope for its annual Fallas tion entitled ‘Valencia Then fiesta, it has also had some and Now: The Biography of not-so-successful ventures a City’ at the latest monthly such as Formula 1 Grand general meeting. Prix (2008-2012) and the Meetings have been held America’s Cup (2007-2010), online, via Zoom, during the which proved to be huge fipandemic – and this one nancial flops. was watched by 50 Jávea U3A is hoping that members. the next general meeting – Former History Group in September – will be back leader Peter’s entertaining at the Parador Hotel and and informative talk, illus- open to members, with trated with some excellent Covid measures being obpictures, traced the history served. of this great city, Spain’s If you are retired from fullthird largest after Madrid time work and interested in and Barcelona. finding out more about the Valencia, surrounded by U3A, visit the website a Moorish wall in the 11th century, suffered numerous attacks by advancing and retreating armies during its history – as well as serious flooding in the late 1950s which led to the River Turia being diverted to avoid further destruction and a dry valley created in its place. Peter’s presentation featured Valencia’s contrasting architecture, from its beautiful old buildings to the ultra-modern Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (city of arts and sciences), constructed during the last 20 years. The city has also produced some famous sculptors, writers and art- Speaker Peter Atkinson




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Menopause - symptoms and treatments Do you suffer from hot flashes, heavy sweating and tiredness? The menopause is no fun. What is a menopause? The menopause is a stage of life where a woman changes from being fertile to infertile. This throws the woman’s hormones into total chaos! A menopause period can last seven to ten years. Most women are in their 50th year when they have their last ovulation and menstruation. In the months or years before the woman may be peri-menopausal manifested by an erratic menstrual cycle. What are symptoms of the menopause? Throughout the menopause women may suffer both physical and phycological complaints. In the beginning of the menopause menstruation becomes more irregu-

lar. Sometimes there is a little or no blood loss. The most common complaints of the menopause are mood swings, loss of libido, hot flashes (this also can be through alcohol or stress) and tiredness. There also can be other complaints: ■ Muscle strain ■ Headache ■ Palpitations ■ Painful breasts Treatment The menopause can never be reversed but treatment may help distressing symptoms. This is in the form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Different forms of HRT will help different symptoms. Unfortunately there is not one pill that cures all! HRT is not suitable for women who have (had) hormone sensitive breast cancer. Or who have a mother or sister who had breast cancer on

younger age (younger than 40-45 years). Pros and cons? Menopausal symptoms are no fun, unfortunately women feel sometimes misunderstood, and think it just goes with it. HRT can help you to enjoy life again but it is essential that it is given as safely as possible. Prior to starting HRT it is essential to have a menopause assessment to assess your particular symptoms, gauge your risk factors and explain the pros and cons of HRT. Long term risks: ■ Thrombosis ■ Breast cancer ■ Ovarian cancer ■ Uterine lining cancer Benefits (often unknown!): ■ Lower the risk of osteoporosis. The bones of a human

are protected by the hormone estrogen. In the menopause there is less of the hormone, that’s why the bone are less protected. The osteoporosis or bone destruction occurs more quickly. That’s causes osteoporosis. ■ Lower the risk of heart and vascular disease. ■ The skin ages less quickly. ■ Hair stays in better condition. ■ Lower risk of dementia. HRT can both reduce and increase the risk of breast cancer and vascular diseases. Think..when you’re 50 you need reading glasses, so why not consider letting HRT help you? It is also very important with or without hormone therapy to have a healthy lifestyle: ■ Quit smoking

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Trapped nerves giving you grief? By Liz Connor, PA From preventative steps to limit your risk, to remedies that can help ease the pain of trapped nerves, Liz Connor takes a closer look. Whether it’s sharp and sudden or dull and constant, pain from a trapped nerve is hard to ignore. While pinched nerves aren’t uncommon, they can cause a major amount of discomfort, leading to sleepless nights and misery while performing even the simplest of everyday activities. Often, the first step in getting relief from any kind of pain is identifying the source, and making sure a trapped nerve really is to blame. So if your symptoms are severe or ongoing, it’s a good idea to get them checked by a doctor or physio. To find out more, we spoke to leading UK pain expert Dr Anthony Ordman (, who founded the Royal Free Hospital’s pain management clinic in London. What are trapped nerves and why do they happen? Pinched or trapped nerves are thought to occur when

pressure is put on an area of a nerve, causing it to send warning signals to the brain. Ordman says they can appear in many different areas of the body, as the compression is caused by surrounding tissues, such as bones, cartilage or tendons. “The most common examples include the neck, where the pain goes over the shoulder, down the arm and sometimes into the hand, or from the lumbar spine where the pain travels the leg – which is is what we commonly refer to as sciatica,” says Ordman. “Other examples include pudendal nerve pain in the pelvis, which happens when the nerve is pinched by two ligaments or squashed by a bike saddle, causing intense pain in the groin.” What are the symptoms of a trapped nerve? Sometimes, pain might be your only symptom, although you could experience other warning signs too. As Ordman notes: “The nerve pain itself can feel like a sensation of intense pressure or burning, and it may feel like tiny electric shocks or tingling. At the same time,

you can also experience numbness in the region of the nerve, which is a strange and contradictory sensation all at once.” The discomfort happens, Ordman says, because the nerve is being squashed, so it sends the brain a message, which it interprets as pain. There may also be a feeling of muscle weakness in the affected area. How is nerve pain treated? If you’re suffering with a trapped nerve, rest assured that most cases go away on their own, and often quite quickly in a couple of days. “In the case of neck and lumbar spine pain, changing your posture and visiting a good physiotherapist may be enough,” says Ordman. Alternating between applying a heat and ice pack can help you to find relief – but make sure to wrap them in a towel before applying directly to your skin. Massage therapy, through the use of a handheld massage tool, can help to stimulate circulation in the affected area and bring soothing benefits. “Sometimes anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help, but they shouldn’t be taken long term. Painkillers such as paracetamol are not particularly helpful with nerve pain,” Ordman adds. “There are specific medicines to treat nerve pain, including gabapentin, amitriptyline and pregabalin, but these drugs will only help one person in around four, and they usually have sideeffects, such as sedation and memory issues or brain fog.” You will need to speak to your doctor about these

types of medicines, to ensure they are suitable and side-effects are monitored. Ordman adds that pregabalin can be very addictive too, so should be prescribed in a controlled way. “Newly available medicines, such as medical cannabis, are being increasingly turned to, and they can be very useful in treating the symptoms of nerve pain,” says Ordman. Treatment will often depend on the severity of symptoms and their underlying cause, and more extreme measures – like surgery – are usually a last resort, when more conservative measures have not worked. “Sometimes surgery is needed to save a slipped disk, or doctors can inject steroids around the pinched nerve, but such treatments are not available to everyone,” says Ordman. Is it ever serious or something to be concerned about? Ordman says trapped nerve pain generally isn’t serious, but it can be. “Nerve pain

can be very distressing and it can also restrict freedom of movement and sleep too. Occasionally it can be very serious, where the nerve supply to the bladder or legs might become compressed, which could lead to problems emptying the bladder, or disfunction and weakness of the legs. In this situation, urgent surgery would be required,” he explains. Are there any measures we can take to prevent it? As with most health issues, self-care and living a healthy lifestyle is often key to prevention. Ordman says maintaining a good posture (such as avoiding crossing your legs for too long), incorporating strength and flexibility movements into your routine, and taking breaks from repetitive activities can all help to keep your nerves pain-free in the long run. However, you should speak to a doctor if your pinched nerve symptoms last for several days and haven’t responded to rest and painkillers.


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Complete the puzzle using the Cryptic or Regular clues - the answers are the same. Cryptic clues: Across 1 Eden is in the parade (8) 7 Mickey's pet planet (5) 8 You will need both pride and pain to get this bit of plumbing (9) 9 Get a verbal signal and a stick (3) 10 Den made out of a bent rail (4) 11 Since I can be cut (6) 13 A slight worry when a Pole is with a horse and the French (6) 14/18 A novel cosmetics exhibition (6,4) 17 Use some of the Pearl Harbor Rowing Club's equipment (6) 18 See 14 20 By the sound of it condensation is expected (3) 22 Have a feeling it's big news (9)

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Across the Pond: Catfish By Gordon Grindstaff When I was a small child, my family lived in a small town in Southern Indiana named Shoals, so called because the town straddled the White River, a waterway that meanders through the central and Southern parts of the state. Our home was in a river bottom area that the residents of the town referred to as ‘Frogeye’ with good reason. Even though it was in a floodplain, Frogeye was still a good place to live. The nearby river was a source of food for our family what with my father being an avid hunter and fisherman. For years, my mother told me stories of frying rabbits or squirrels and the wonderful gravy to be made from the leavings. Of course, with the river being close by, she would also make turtle soup, fry frogs legs and catfish that my father brought home. This living off mother nature sounded idyllic as my mother told it but I suspect that living in Frogeye wasn’t all Nirvana. My earliest memories as a four or five year old revolved

around the floods that seemed to occur on a regular basis, hurriedly chasing us from our home. I have a pretty clear memory of watching the water as it slowly crept across the half mile or so between our house and the river while my parents packed what they could so we could get out before the water reached our house. I also have a fuzzy memory of one flood when the water caught them by surprise, resulting in the family being in a boat as the sun came up while my father, standing in hip-deep water, pushed the boat to higher ground. The memory of that short boat ride left me with a lifelong fear of flood waters. We left Frogeye when I was six years old because my father was killed in an accident, forcing my mother to move us out of Frogeye onto higher ground in Loogootee, the next town over. However, even yet today, when I think about that move, a faint feeling of loneliness overtakes me. Leaving my first grade friends behind in the two room schoolhouse and it’s heavily wooded area where we played tag was a hard thing for a six year old to do.

Growing up in Loogootee without my father around, we didn’t eat much in the way of fish or fast-moving small animals unless a friend or relative would stop by with a catch of some kind. Even when we had fish, I did not it partially because of an incident that occurred shortly after our move; my dog, Rusty, choked to death on a fish bone while I stood helplessly by, scarring me for life. There was also another reason I did not like fish; I have been a milk drinker all my life and my mother always told me it was not good to drink milk while eating fish. “Why not?” I would ask her. “I don’t know.” She would say. “My grandmother told me that her mother had told her that. I never bothered to ask my grandmother why but she swore by it so there must have been some truth to it.” My aversion to fish went away when I met Susie. I told her of my mom’s warning about fish and milk and she laughed at me. Still, we got married and as it happened, that was near the time that the farm-raised catfish industry was born and catfish began appearing on restaurant

menus. Soon, restaurants in little out of the way places were specialising in catfish; Susie and I made regular trips to the Waverly Inn, Frank and Mary’s in Pittsboro and the Clayton café in, of all places, Clayton, Indiana. We attended fish fry fundraisers around central Indiana; the Hazelwood fire department, the Friends church in Camby and during the Lenten season, various Knights of Columbus halls. (1) Good catfish sandwiches are a staple of my life these days so it seemed like a no brainer to attend this year’s Independence day weekend Catfish Festival held in Shoals, Indiana, that same Shoals that was my home for the first six years of my life. I also wanted to go because I was unconsciously seeking something that has been bothering me as I got older. I couldn’t put a name to, it was just something in my head that had to do with one room schoolhouses, playing tag in the woods, high water, early morning unscheduled boat rides and fatal accidents. Susie and I made the hundred mile trip for a just-okay catfish sandwich but nonetheless, it was great to get out after our year-long quarantine. Sadly, I didn’t find whatever it was I was searching for although I



sense it has to do with the question of who I might have been had my father not went over the side of that hill on that motorcycle. But I do have some good news/bad news to report. In doing a little research on this piece, I came across this bit of knowledge from the NDTV Food website. “It is a common belief that if fish and milk are consumed together, it may lead to skin patches or pigmentation on the skin. If we are to go by rabbinical beliefs, in Jerusalem, it was believed that milk and fish is a disastrous combination and is hazardous for your health.” The story went on to debunk that belief but my mom was right; that is the good news. The bad news part of this revelation is that I’m not going to tell Susie “I told you so.” There’s really no point. So I’m left wondering how some version of a kosher law on food made its way to the wilds of Southern Indiana well over a hundred years ago. G2 Notes: 1. In all those years of eating catfish, for obvious reasons I only ate the fillets, never the whole fish that came with bones and all. I also never drank milk in those places. Contact Gordon by email at

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PHARA entered into the shelter because her owner is unwell. She needs a home quickly to continue the good work that she has received in helping her adapt to a home environment. Phara is just two years old, healthy and already sterilised. Please contact shelter by email at or call 654 616 043.

NEO, male, shelter since 10.07.2013 Hound, DOB 15.05.2012 – 51 cm Neo needs very special attention. When he arrived here at the shelter he was in a very poor condition. We found out that he suffers from leishmaniasis but his health has improved now although he will need an appropriate therapy for the rest of his life. He has become a very good friend of his new female partner and they constantly play with one another. Apart from this he very much enjoys his basket with a nice blanket. Please call Terence on 966 463 976 for more details

ROCCO a seven year old pointer is a lovely boy who is very unhappy in the shelter. He is very good with people and bigger children but doesn't like other dogs and cats. Rocco is house trained and walks well on the lead. If you can offer this sad boy space on your sofa, please contact Akira 657 689 567 or email and come up to see him.

K9 Club This is TARCO a seven-year-old Czecoslovakian wolfdog. He recently lost his female partner and was brought to the shelter so he is a little unsettled but making progress. We are gradually introducing him to other dogs and he could possibly live with a female dog with the right introductions. We would recommend a home with a garden and no small children and no cats! Be warned, Tarco can howl and although its a wonderful sound, those with close neighbours may need to take this into consideration! For more information or to meet Tarco please contact the shelter on 711075305 or send an email to


BENJI who is seven, is now homeless due to the death of his owner. He is good with people and children, loves to be groomed, is house trained, has all his vaccinations and is castrated. Please phone 604 304 746 or send an email to

APAD SASHA hopes to find a loving and kind home soon. It would be great if there was also another dog. She lived with other dogs on a deserted property, the owner only came from time to time to bring something to eat and drink leaving the animals hungry, thirsty and alone. Finally, the police took them away from the owner for neglect. Sasha is a little shy, but once she meets you, she enjoys attention and cuddles. She’s a calm dog and walks calmly on the leash. She doesn´t need much, just to be surrounded by kind and relaxed people and dogs. Contact: 966 427 678, email or see




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Easy to look after plants that thrive on being kept indoors By Luke Rix-Standing, PA If you are looking for a lowmaintenance houseplant, consider these options, says Luke Rix-Standing. Whether you’re stuck in a high rise flat, have a grassfree backyard, or just don’t fancy the outdoorsy earthiness of traditional gardening, there are plenty of pot plants that are quite happy to share your view. These plants will help you garden from the comfort of your front room… 1. ZZ Plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia) Variously known as the Zanzibar gem, zuzu plant, eternity plant and a whole host of other things, the ZZ plant is known for its smooth, shiny leaves and extremely easy care requirements. Commonly grown in offices, this feisty foliage is as close as plants get to indestructible, and watering too often is a far more common problem than not watering enough. A stalwart of the many houseplant collections on Instagram, the plant is highly tolerant of low light and most soil types, but is unfortunately also mildly toxic. Wash your hands after prolonged contact, and do not eat or cuddle. 2. Aloe Vera A species that has long outgrown its status as simple houseplant, the gel extracted

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Snake plants from aloe vera plants is widely used to soothe lesions, bites and burns, while the plant itself is known to purify the air of chemical pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene. A succulent that enjoys relatively dry conditions, be sure not to overwater your aloe vera and place it in a sunny spot like a southfacing sill.

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3. Cacti You probably couldn’t fit one of those trident-shaped monsters from the Atacama Desert into your living room, but there is a whole host of alternatives, ranging from small, ball-shaped cactuses to mid-sized prickly pears, that make perfect housemates. Contrary to their reputation, cactuses do still need

a teensy bit of TLC – a light water here, the occasional repot there – but overall they’re low maintenance for owners low on time or energy. 4. Madagascar Dragon Tree (dracaena marginata) If you fancy some more formidable foliage for your home, the Madagascar Dragon Tree is a large, at-

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tractive, and realistic option. Growing (slowly) up to six feet tall, its dark, evergreen leaves, often edged with red, fan out from stems that fork from the smooth, grey-brown trunk. A low maintenance option, it thrives in sunny spots or places that are lightly shaded but will also tolerate lower light levels. Similarly, while it likes its compost to be moist,




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it will put up with erratic watering and so will probably be just fine with being left alone while you’re on holiday. Cats and dog owners beware – the tree is mildly toxic to pets, and if ingested may result in an upset stomach.

Selection of house plants 5. Busy Lizzie (impatiens walleriana) Though perhaps not the hardiest of houseplants, these floral favourites are fun for all the family because they’re beautifully bright and colourful.

You can take an eight to 12 centimetre cutting from a nonflowering stem at any time of year. After pinching off any lower leaves, pop it into a new tray filled with potting soil and, with adequate sunlight and watering, you’ll soon have a second busy lizzie. And a third, and a fourth should you wish – so they make very sustainable gifts. 6. Snake Plant (sansevieria trifasciata) Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or St George’s Sword, the upright, pointed leaves of this hardy indoor favourite are its main attraction – variegated with dark stripes and sometimes a yellow outline. Growing up to a metre and a half in height (though they max out at 50 centimetres across), those with smaller homes can rest easy that they take several years to grow. Able to thrive in full sun or partial shade, and by windows facing any compass direction, sansevieria trifasciata is described by the Royal Horticultural Society as “tolerant of neglect”. Definitely our kind of plant.

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